12 December 2011,

Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnerships LIFTCo - Fiveways’ to Health and Wellbeing as New Centre is Officially Opened

A centre, which is combining health, library and education facilities, was officially opened in a ceremony earlier this week.

The £8 million 'Fiveways Centre' which is located in Childwall opened its doors last month. The development houses the new Childwall Library; learning facilities for Childwall School, A Specialist Sports & Science College, as well as a Neighbourhood Health Centre.

Gideon Ben-Tovim, Chair of Liverpool PCT said: "This is a fantastic development for the people of Childwall and we really hope the local community will embrace it and use it.

"The centre supports many of the 'fiveways' including connect; be active and keep learning, so we really anticipate it will be a stimulus for improving health and wellbeing in the local community."

The health centre is part of Liverpool Primary Care Trust's wider vision for 'A New Health Service for Liverpool', which has seen millions of pounds invested into new health facilities across the city. Childwall is the tenth purpose-built health centre to open in recent years, with a further two currently under construction in Anfield. The newly refurbished Neighbourhood Health Centre in Princes Park is also due to open next year.

Councillor Wendy Simon, Cabinet member for leisure, said: "This fantastic new facility places learning and health at the heart of life in Childwall, and is already proving extremely popular with residents of all ages."

Childwall Library is the busiest library is the city but its facilities had been outgrown. The tired 1960s building has been replaced with a facility with a modern bookshop look and feel, which is providing a more enhanced service to the local community. Customers will be able to take advantage of free Wi-Fi at the new library, as well as an e-book download facility.

The new facility provides Childwall School, a Specialist Sports and Science with three modern learning spaces and two offices for use by sixth form students and staff, making up a modern education centre with access to the new library facilities. It will also support the school's strong focus on health and wellbeing, as well as opening up educational opportunities for students and health professionals.

In addition to traditional GP provision, the neighbourhood health centre will offer services including sexual health clinics, blood tests, and minor surgical procedures. Patients will also be able to benefit from longer opening hours, including evening and weekends.

Graham Pink, Chief Executive of LSHP Ltd adds, "The Childwall Fiveways Centre will provide members of the local community with a modern, friendly and easily accessible healthcare, education and library facility that is conveniently located near to where they live. It's been a fantastic project to work on, and I hope that it will prove a real asset for the whole community and create a lasting legacy by improving people's health and wellbeing."

The Childwall Centre was developed by Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnerships on behalf of Liverpool Primary Care Trust PCT, Liverpool City Council and Childwall School, a Specialist Sports and Science College. Building work began in summer 2010.

For further information please contact Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnerships LIFTCo